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Fort Pemberton

Greenwood, MS 38935, USA

Located on Highway 82 West on the banks of the Yazoo Pass connecting the Yazoo and Tallahatchie Rivers, Fort Pemberton was a hastily constructed fortification consisting of cotton bales and timber logs. A significant military battle occurred here when Confederate forces successfully drove back three Union ironclads, forcing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to seek another route to Vicksburg. A historical marker is located on Highway 82. The nearby Cottonlandia Museum contains artifacts from the Union sidewheel steamship Star of the West, which fired the first shots of the Civil War as she unsuccessfully tried to resupply the Union forces at Fort Sumter.


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From I-55 take Greenwood/Winona exit. Take State Highway 82 west to Greenwood. Pick up brochure at Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau located on Highway 82 at Leflore Avenue on left. To Cottonlandia Museum, travel west on Highway 82; the museum is located on the right, east of Fort Pemberton. To Fort Pemberton, travel west on Highway 82 and proceed past Walmart. Fort is located on the right, just east of the 49E intersection.

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